In the build up to the election in 2016, Ghana’s ruling government, then in opposition made series of promises one of which was, one district one factory. That promise became very famous and achieved a legendary status. Some Ghanaians even took to social media to poke fun at the promise, with some bringing their own version like: one house, one kenkey; one man, one woman etc
Movie actor and producer Bob Smith Junior popularly called Diabolo Man has appealed to President Akufo Addo to build one cinema in all the district albeit not satirical, to help revive the movie industry.
The veteran actor said this initiative when implemented alongside the one district, one factory project will go a long way to boost the movie industry. Furthermore he believes it will create jobs and reduce the high level of unemployment the country is facing at the moment.
Cinema halls were very popular in ancient times when Ghana’s movie industry thrived on good story lines and great acting prowess from the likes of Fred Amugi, Grace Omaboe, Grace Nortey, Victor Lutterodt, Edinam Atatsi, Akorfa Asiedu, Brew Riverson etc. These cinemas were filled to capacity always. Movie lovers trooped in to watch the latest movie first hand before it hit the market. Prior to that, the movie is given much publicity in the form of advertisement on GBC-TV, the only TV station at that time, to wet patrons’ appetite.
“Government can decide to build a cinema hall with an eating point where foods and drinks are in all the districts where the factories will be built to serve as a source of entertainment for workers and residents of the area.”
“If a producer premieres his movie at least hundreds out of the 216 cinemas simultaneously in a week the person can make huge sums of money and invest them back into the industry, thus the industry will grow,” Bob Smith said.